ERC launches initiative for Chinese researchers to join ERC teams
The European Research Council (ERC) has launched a new initiative to facilitate for young Chinese researchers to come to Europe on scientific visits, joining ERC-funded teams. This was announced by the ERC on 29 June 2015.
The agreement to implement this initiative was signed at the second EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue, which took place around the EU-China Summit in Brussels, by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wan Gang, the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology. It is the fifth such agreement between the ERC and non-European counterparts.
On the basis of this agreement, active holders of NSFC (National Science Foundation of China) grants can undertake single (6-12 months) and long-term or multiple short term research visits (e.g. for joint experiments), becoming part of teams led by ERC grant holders in Europe.
ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was pleased to see the agreement concluded so quickly, saying that it "resonates with the ERC's mission to make Europe more attractive to the brightest minds and our wish to contribute to more brain circulation."
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